Edo Naftaly tops Day 1c of ANZPT Repechage

We were hoping to see a big turnout today for Day 1c of the ANZPT Repechage Main Event. A line of 350 was thrown up before the start of the day, with ANZPT head honcho Danny McDonagh saying that he would be disappointed to not reach that mark. Well, Danny was all smiles this afternoon as an impressive field of 367 flooded the Crown Poker Room for their last shot at this event. It boosted the overall number to 844 which exceeds the previous best for the Melbourne Championships Main Event in terms of total entries. The top 63 players will finish in the money, with a min-cash worth $2,950 and our champion set to receive $181,250.

Poker professionals, former champions, amateurs and even a couple of poker reporters were among the starters. Some were looking a little weary as they fired their third bullet at this tournament. We won't name names, but for many it was a case of three time's not really a charm.

For others, they were taking their first and only shot at the massive prize pool. It's not a bad strategy with so much value in the event thanks to a large number of overseas no shows as well as the value from those who have entered multiple times.

They were unlikely to match the hide tide mark of Daniel Neilson from yesterday, but a few gave it a good shot. Evan Cole, Arnold Bathan, Laurence Hall and Cale McLean were among the big stacks during the day but it was Israeli PokerStars qualifier Edo Naftaly who emerged late to bag up 416,500 for the biggest stack in the room.

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Approximately 37 players survived in another day of pure carnage with Josh Barrett, Dave Allan, Benn Skender, Scott Peel, David Borg and Tony Kondevski among the notable survivors. We'll have confirmation of the players left, including chip counts, in the live updates section a little later this evening.

Those surviving players from today will join the 61 who made it through Day 1a and Day 1b, as Day 2 of the ANZPT Repechage Main Event recommences at 12:30pm on Sunday. We'll be here to capture all of the live updates as they happen from the floor of the Crown Poker Room.

Enjoy your Saturday night in Melbourne and we'll see you again tomorrow!